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support this project and endorse it subject to two conditions. that a landscaping plan be adopted and it looks like there is a well qualified landscape architect involved in this. number one. and number two, that the owner made the commitment to maintain the stairs, maintain the open space and the landscapings as it was a condition of approval of the project. it's not perceptible. the images you've seen, it doesn't disrupt the skyline, it did you tellxction obstruct anybody. this is a good use of the land and i think it should be supported subject to those two conditions. * >> go ahead. >>> good evening, commissioners. my name is todd david and i am the co-founder of the san francisco parent political action committee. often in san francisco there is a lot of discussion of family flight and earlier this year, in fact, supervisor farrell held a hearing on why families leave and why families stay in san francisco. and the san francisco parent political action firmly believes there are basically four things needed to keep families in the city. one is great public schools. two is grea
think it may be a misconception. it may be that it's not a landscape that makes you feel small, it's a landscape that gets rid of your sense of scale entirely because there have been so many times out there in the deep of winter camping for week after week in the open desert where at night it gets down to 10 below or 15 below zero and there's nothing in your life but the sky and the stars. and you are looking up into the sky and you think, i could just stand and walk into stars. i could become a giant. there are times in the desert when you are not small but you are infinite. you take up everything. there is no boundary between you and it. when i look at the artifacts that the anastazi made, especially the painted black and white, i see that landscape. i see the colorado plateau. this bowl is from american museum of natural history and that's where it is now. that's the storage place. where it was from before is pueblo bonito in chaco canyon where there were rooms filled to the ceiling with bowls stacked within each other, bowls like this. all their designs, you can kind of get a g
landscape most would never see. his paintings transformed their perceptions of the west. from 1867 to 1879, the united states government sponsored four western expeditions, now known as "the great surveys." of all the aists who accompanied them, none is more associated with the surveys than thomas moran. the watercolors he brought back from wyoming, the first color images of yellowstone, played a key role in the creation of the national parks system. yellowstone had long been familiar to american indians, mountainmen, traders and travelers. legendary, seemingly unbelievable stories made their way east. the canyon was said to be a "fearful chasm," the river a "frightful torrent," the sulfur springs wre "diabolical," the place where "hell bubbled up." while the eruption of old faithful was said to be "the most magnificent sight ever witnessed." in 1870, a group of private citizens from montana led by henry washburn, had ventured into yellowstone to see if these stories were true. an account of their experiences appeared in scribner's monthly thllowing ng. the editors ha hiyog mora to turn fi
carrying you down deeper and deeper and this is the landscape is just covered with these. i don't take maps out there any more out into this place because it's all memory. this place is the map. i went down with my wife, reagan, and we went down a fairly large cliff face but one that had some good ledges on it so the only reason to have rope is to lower your pack. but we didn't get all the way down before sunset, so we set a camp out on the face. and it was the most spectacular camp i think i've ever had in my life. that's my spot. and it was just this narrow ledge. i had a thermorest with me and it wasn't as wide as the thermorest so i had to put a rock under the thermorest for my head and reagan slept on top of me. nights are so solid, you don't move all night. just to get our stuff out to that ledge, you couldn't actually go with a pack. you had to take your pack off because there is a drop. you kind of have to jump from left to right. so you come up against the wall, you put your foot around and you do that. and then we unloaded our packs piece by piece and then handed each piece across
with the fact that i was writing open a landscape that had as many problems as mexico city with drugs. i was coming from a place of addiction, and all of the pain and struggle that goes with that, and arriving in a place where meth was devastating landscape meth labs were exploding. and where young marines were training and doing lots of drugs to escape the terrible reality of their head and bodies. so if i was going a site that carried and gent symbolism of restoring healing pilgrimage. i was entering a place that was the open silt of that. -- opposite of that. many years after i moved to joshua tree and 29 palms, a few years later, i met my partner angela garcia who happens to be sitting in the audience who teaches at stanford and written a wonderful book about addiction. i met angela far away from the desert. she's from the desert. and that's one of the things, you know, i think i fell for immediately about her. she was a desert girl. a western girl. capital w. from new mexico. from albuquerque in the south valley, and we ended up living in new mexico together while she was doing rese
are everywhere out in this landscape. when you walk down into the bottom of the narrow canyons made of sandstone and you put your hands on the sand stone faces and the smooth shallow scallops that look like champagne glasses, you can feel the shape of the last flood that came through. every place in the desert is a story. every place is a passage way. it's really hard to walk very far in the desert for me because there are so many stories that start opening up and lead you from place to place and place and soon you start picking up the patterns of wind, of rain. you pick up the patterns of people who were there before you because, out there, things seem to last forever. if you put a footprint down in certain places, that footprint will stay for 5 years, maybe even 10 years for somebody who's got a really good eye where you come walking along and you see the slightest depression in the ground and you kneel at it and you figure out that it was a person with about a size 9 foot walking across the desert 8 years before you. everything out there tells a story. that's why i'm here. because i'm looking
and arrives -- it was no accident that i arrived at this particular landscape. it has been the site of her sort of pilgrimage. at that particular moment, i don't think i was aware of what i was doing. i did not say to myself, i am in big trouble with my life, i must go kill myself in the desert. but ultimately, that is what i was entering. later on, all the symbolism was there to receive me. and i began the process of healing and getting to know this place, which included, almost immediately, dealing with the fact that i was arriving in a landscape that had as many problems as mexico city with drugs. i was coming from a place of addiction and all the pain in and the struggle that goes with that. i was arriving in a place where meth labs were exploding. and where young marines were training and doing lots of drugs to escape the terrible reality in their heads and in their bodies. so if i was going to a site of ancient symbolism of restorative pilgrimage, i was also entering a place that was the opposite of that. a phantasmagorical place. many years after i moved to joshua tree and twentynin
that only a few people are in favor of that new landscaping. secondly, there is elsewhere you will find the statement that the trees removed for this project will be replaced by a few saplings. >> we have heard a lot mentioned by the previous speakers that the 58 trees removed there are going to be a lot of trees replacing those. i think that i am out of time. thank you. >> thank you, next speaker, please? >> good evening, commissioners, my name is dennis leuy, i am a native to san francisco. my husband and i have lived on the edge of glen canyon for decades. and we have deep roots in our community. i ask that you deny the appeal. and rely on the experts with recr, and parks, thank you. >> thank you. >> next speaker, please? >> my name is tony astrela and this is my daughter kristin, we moved directly across the street from the canyon we are where diamond heights boulevard and elk come together and when i walk out of my front door i look to the left and i see all of those trees. kristin our house was built around a huge tree that existed for 20-some odd years until a branch fe
spiders and bugs to owls and where will the animals go. they are part of the natural landscape that so many of us love. we have many developed parks in the city. but only one wild canyon. it is a treasure, so please leave it as it is. natural is not important 85 percent of us voted to keep hechy as it is which is not natural. thank you. >> next speaker. >> my name is sophia dory and i want to glen canyon, and there are owls in the trees and the bird watchers watch them and get the facts about them and they go to the kids it is a cycle. park and rec wants to kill the cycle. the developer cares about the money not about the cycle. it is just about the money, i am here to speak for the owland trees, for they cannot speak because they cannot speak, they cannot say their feelings and their rights. thank you. >> thank you. next, speaker please. >> craig scott and i am a glen park resident and a parent and a visit or. i fully support the project moving forward, that gives ample time for the public to participate and to comment on the project. for people who are trying to stop it any way that
are offering is a family [speaker not understood] and open space that is safe, that is landscaped, and that [speaker not understood] the architecture. and is going to be maintained in perpetuity by the owner. we all have been joined by the office of [speaker not understood] fletcher, a landscaped architect -- >> thank you. >>> they are going to explain the strategy for landscaping next. thank you very much. >> thank you. >>> good evening, commissioners. [speaker not understood] from fletcher studio landscape architecture. there is another exhibit on the screen. in the plan we foresee planting a verdent fern growth [speaker not understood]. additionally, the the slope below will be planted with perennial shrubs and contribute to the existing of the habitat locations for the blue butterfly and habitation for [speaker not understood] spawning and mature growth in that spot. the wrote et has the potential to enhance the connectivity of the neighborhood in the city, twin peakses, adding additional lighting, safety erosion control to the hillside. * peaks. thank you. >> thank you. okay
, the project includes a large plaza at the western portion of the site which would include landscaping, fixed and movable seating, and adjacent retail services on the ground floor. the plaza features fluid physical connections to the future oscar park which will be situated to the south. a portion of this area will satisfy code requirements for mid-block crossing for visitors wish totionv travel between oscar park and tehama street. although the plaza is not fenced, visitors would be able to access the plaza. it does not require open space under the code aside from the 20 foot wide mid-block connection that i described. there are several conditions of approval included in the draft 309 section referencing required open space under planning code section 138. should the commission choose to approve the project, staff would ask those conditions be deleted as they do not apply. another issue i'd like to highlight is public art. include works of art consisting -- i'm sorry, costing an amount equal to 1% of the construction cost for the building object must contribute an in kind amount to public tr
that was particularly interesting to me from a landscape point of view. i drive to the place. i take my laptop computer with my satellite images already loaded. i already know where i need to go. and i record that with a gps unit. a gps unit is a global positioning system unit. it will tell me exactly on the earth's surface where i'm standing at that moment. i can then take a photograph of the landscape that i see, and i can look at what the photograph sees, versus what the satellite remote sensor sees, and compare the two. narrator: finally brent combines the information from the satellite images and his ground truthing to make a map of land use. mccusker: i generated this map by taking two satellite images-- one from the year 2000 and one from the year 1989. i then classified the vegetative cover on both images and then subtracted one from the other. basically, i said, "what was here in 1989, and now what's here?" what we see on the mashambalogcpa is a lot of extensification. extensification means you're taking the same amount of land and you're using it less purposefully. narrator: all of the pink a
's achieved by using rainwater for landscaping, treating wastewater on-site for reuse in the building's toilets. >> the machine is an ecological waste treatment system for water resouls. so, the living machine to accelerate what happens naturally in nature is biomimickery that happens in tidal estuaries. it brings in nutrients to the microbes. it's delivered in the air, and does the rest of the process, chewing up those nutrients in the water and producing nitrogen and carbon. we're doing that in a system where we're creating 12 to 16 tides per day. >> the wastewater for our building begins its journey by travel tog our primary tank which is a fairly normal looking manhole. beneath these manholes is a 10,000 gallon primary tank. there are two chambers. the trash chamber which filters out the trash and plastics and the organic solids settle out just as normal wastewater treatment process is. the water then flows to an equalization tank, a recirculation tank, and then on to tidal flow wetlands cell 1a. all those these cells look to be only 3 or 4 feet deep, they're actually 8 feet deep
and morelike this one.lopment, america watches to see the impact on the urban landscape. boston, like other u.s. cities experienced a decline in many of its innermost neighborhoods. often the poorer, culturally- diverse populations living there lack access to resources such as high-quality education or job opportunities. buin an efrt to revitali boston, weaw how city anrs used geographic information systems, or gis, to analyze economic and demographic data in mapping an empowerment zone. we saw how relative location to the central business district proving their residents links to transportation and jobs. as cities across america seek to reenergize their urban cores, geography can provide the tools and concepts for successful urban planning efforts. in north america, growing cities are being transformed as more and more people choose to live and work far from the old urban centers. such is the case in chicago, illinois, in the midwestern section of the united states. t as delopment here expands outward, it must compete withctive farming communities on the edges of this metropolitan area. in n
and accessible rest rooms and a safe and welcoming park entrance, i also support the landscaping plan ta that is associated with this project. there is so much focus on the tree removal and we have ignored the rich pallet that has been proposed. although it is not an ecological project, it still does offer an opportunity to increase the biological diversity of our park and neighborhood and to offer environmental education opportunities. not everyone agrees that no tree should ever be removed for any reason unless it poses an immediate hazard to life or property. trees stand very often need to be thinned for their own health and longevitity. we absolutely need trees, including the many non-native trees that will remain, there is no deforest station proposed, contrary to what many are saying. for a healthy and attractive we need a diversity of ages and species. this project is not going to harm owls or any other species and it is sad that so many people have been given that impress. please deny the appeal. thank you. >> thank you. >> next, speaker, please. >> betsy any and i am speaking as
that are sh planted. >> >> is there some sort of phasing on this landscape that right now it is 58 degrees. after that is done, you know, 6 months from now, you think that maybe we want to get rid of 500 trees? i mean, how does that work within your department? >> so, we have done an analysis of trees in glen canyon park generally and we do them for a variety of parks. we have identified that there are a lot of trees, particularly trees along the perimeter of glen canyon park that are in bad shape. the bond of a separate program called a forestry program has identified that some of those trees do pose safety risks. there will be a public process around those tree removals and you know in time that those projects are clearly identified. probably in the next few months. folks have sunshine draft of those plans and they have seen those plans and i think that is what is entering some of the concern. i know that you probably have heard a few years ago we had a fatality in stern grove and a couple of weeks ago we had an incident where a limb fell on an handicapped individual in the panhandle. we
in terms of value, and i don't know of the survey talks about it, is landscaping and plants. lance camping, plants, and trees are really inexpensive compared to major remodels. i often feel it is something that is heavily overlooked. it as a lot of value. it is a touchy-really, emotional part of a property. oftentimes, we don't have front yards. maybe there should be a tree out front. maybe you should have potted plants lining the stairs going up. perhaps the rearguard in, although you never use it, doesn't matter if you don't get sunshine. plant flowers that do not need son. those are oftentimes good ways to spend money on adding value to your home. >> people that are selling their homes do need to have someone that will absolutely come in. i had a stager come in my house. you need to have another i that will absolutely have you get rid of the little things that you think make it look homey and people love it, but the value -- there is a very big value here. it is the same thing as the fluff, but it isn't fluff. paint, or anything else. >> let's talk about staging and what that does. i se
annenberg media ♪ some of the most picturesque landscapes on earth owe their existence to glaciers. there are many examples-- spectacular mountain ranges such as the alps, the himalayas, and the rockies were sculpted by repeated glaciation. yosemite valley, here in the sierra nevada mountains, would have been another nondescript river valley if glaciers hadn't carved it to its present shape. many of the world's most beautiful lakes were gouged out of hard rock by glaciers, including north america's great lakes and the famous lochs of scotland. even the great expanses of rich agricultural soils that blanket china and the soviet union, canada and the united states owe their existence to glaciers. moving glacial ice pulverizes the underlying rock into silt-sized fragments. this silt was eventually transported and concentrated by the wind into the vast fertile soils of today. early scientists didn't really appreciate the important geological role of glaciers. even geologists were convinced that glaciers had never existed outside of their present locations over the last one million year
access and updates landscaping and opens this place up even for more use and perhaps unlike many of our urban settings i think heron's head park offers probably a unique experience in that apart from many of the trucks that are next door it is relatively a pretty quiet place. you're going to be able to have not only hiking and walking and familyand we have the quarter mile extension of a gap that was not filled in for bicycle use. that will bring yet additional numbers of people here in a great way and then it sits next door to something that i worked with on for a number of years and that is of course the literacy for environmental justice center, the ego center that we have here that brings a lot of youth into training and education about our waterfront, about the environment, about the balance of nature, and in the urban setting and of course it not have happened on the theme i will talk about the rest of my administration which is the team work that has to happen. we have rec and part that administers the bond. we have the port with its staff and byron and susan reynolds and worki
,000 gallons come here on a daily basis, producing recycled water, and that can be reused for landscape irrigation and indoor toilet flushing. the pumps can only handle so much water, which is generally when it's not rain, the dry-weather runoff, so if you get a storm of a decent size, the pumps will shut down automatically and the water will just continue to flow out into the ocean and it carries a lot of bacteria and people can get sick when they're swimming in the water near a flowing storm drain. everyone knows you don't go in the water for 72 hours after it rains. you just don't. this is the dirtiest beach in southern california. doheny beach. i've surfed this twice -- i've gotten sick both times. narrator: san juan creek, a concrete flood control channel, flows directly to doheny beach. moriarty: the concrete you can almost think of as a big water slide for pollutants to go to sea level. man: if it rains more than 2/10 of an inch, the county puts out a health advisory for all beaches in the county. that totaled 75 days in 2006. so it's sort of a frightening thing that it's so poll
to ask of it. we provided a framework in which we can map the landscape and now it's for sociologists, psychologists other people to come in and say well within this landscape we find these various kinds of interesting forms of religious life. that's still in the process of happening. >> in conjunction with the institute for world spirituality you've moved your study to an international scale, where is the study headed? >> well about 8 years ago, i was invited to sit on the board of an organization in europe that was doing some of the same study of particularity the smaller religious groups in europe. and in my travels overseas, and involvement with this group called cesnur, center for study of new religions in turin, italy. i became aware that europe was somewhat like we were 20 years ago. there were no good reference book and no good understanding of the religious landscape that had immerged with all the pluralism that hit europe. at the same time we begun to realize that many of the same groups we were dealing with here were also in europe so that there was a great deal of carry-ov
landscape, leans her hoe against goat wire, admires shoots balanced on turned earth, looks up, fulfilleds a leaves sigh, clouds, hands on her hips, her jaw falls open and a bomb drops down her throat. white. the horizon, a black line against brilliant white landscape, pale blue sky above it, empty except for heat devil blur, a raindrop sound hits a wooden post against cloudless light, another, the lamb, his children, wife, then he drenched in bullet rain. blue. the final moment of night passing, exposes limbs, torsos, heads, breasts, humans, cows, goats, curved and knotted heaps, lays blue against bitten grass. final piece, the title is the headline for a newspaper. anti-war activist immoh lates along kennedy's express way near giant flame of the millennium skull up tour 4 days before november 2006 elections and no one pays attention. everything but the heart reduced to ash. thank you. . >> i just want to thank george for bringing to bear some of the numbers, some of the horrific things that are happening in iraq right now. this poem was drawn from my experiences in iraq from the culture,
for district 7 supervisor. pla stands for professional landscape architect. this november election promises to be one of the most important elections in recent history for those that reside in district 7. due to the threat of overdevelopment to one of our community's most cherished open spaces in park merced's garden apartments. this affordable community is the largest of its kind west of the mississippi. as a san francisco native, i remember the profound disappointment i felt when the classic fox theater on market street built in 1929 during the heyday of the movie industry, was torn down and replaced with an office building. today, i'm afraid i will feel the same disappointment with the destruction of our historically significant park merced garden apartments designed by thomas church, the father of landscape architecture in the bay area. i, glenn rodgers, will attempt to revisit this approval of the park merced development endeavoring to halt rather than exacerbate already unacceptable levels of congestion on 19th avenue. with an increase in 17,000 residents and an additional 6,000 parks
bar. i just love landscaping. i grew up in a landscaping business. i learned to appreciate the outdoors. coming to rec and park was a natural transition. i started in may of 1998. i came in as a gardener and worked with the turf crew. i manage approximately 7,000 acres and i supervise 75 to 85 people under my direct supervision. i am responsible for eight parks more or less. every day that i stepped out, i feel so fortunate and very lucky to work for an organization with so many different properties. each one is its own gem. harding park is one of the gems of the city. opened in the 1930's. cypress trees and rolling hills. a very well designed golf course. we've had a very successful presidents cup. the amount of spectators that it drawls, everyone from around the world -- seeing the course on television and the quality of work -- it is very impressive to me that we can do that on the public level. i have an extremely dedicated crew that worked with me. there's not a moment that i'm not proud of everything i see out there and all the hard work. i am very honored to receive
like it plays an integral role in the landscape of any city and i would like to be involved in the improvements to sf transportation. i wanted to share with you a snapshot from a user standpoint and occasionally a driving although i don't have a car and i am sure these ideas are bounced around but i would like to be on the team that makes the improvements and make the transportation system the world class system that san francisco deserves for being a world class city. that involves reducing the everyday barriers for using the transit system. i know people that don't use it because they think it's complicated. they don't understand the signage and the schedules and by increasing ridership you can increase rates and a cycle for overall improved transit system. i similarly have a lot of ideas for traffic easing and bus only lanes and bike safety and sharing programs and numerous other things i thought of and bounced ideas off people i know. i am extremely passion of transportation. i am a rider and use bart and cal train. i work on a clean tech automobile company and te
meeting which was a great process with the architects, the landscape architects, and i just wanted to make sure general manager ginsburg acknowledges the great work that mr. yee has done. i do want to note that while we will approve the conceptual plans for the location, the siting of the portsmouth square plan and there are many details to be decided and i would ask the department to continue the community outreach and working with the community on finalizing the architectural details and finishings so when it goes to the art's commission it's with community involvement and the great collaboration they have established. >> thank you. seeing no other comments is there a motion to approve. >> moved. >> second. >> moved and second. all those in favor. aye. opposed? hearing none it's unanimous. >> next is item eight and deferred maintenance projects. >> good afternoon. dennis kern before you and possible action to approve the fy2012-13 deferred maintenance projects and funded by the contingency reserve. back in 2010 you approved the use of 50% of the available fund balance of the open
another alert. the question is, who will heed the call? ator: lcanoes loom over life and landscape in ecuador, just as they have for thousands of years. humans here, as in other places, treat natural hazards if they are lucky, tungurahua will go back to sleep for a long nap. geographers will keep a watchful eye and maybe one day intercede between humans and eir sometimes-olent environment. narrator: in the subregion of latin america called "southern south america," the country of chile is also threated by volcanoes and earthquakes. but here, pacific rim dynamism is more about economics than plate tectonics. 2,500 miles long and averaging just 90 miles wide, this elongated state spans diversrangeof natural environm. each of those environments offers opportunities based on those activities,vity. chile has grown a dynamic export ecomy. th growthas brought numerous changes to chile's han geography, incling gend rolbrought d settlement patterns. chile's capil, santiago, is the cenr of tountry's service sector, the largest part of its economy. ers inoun amic santhe resultvingeupe popun o
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